Sheila Liaugminas | 12 February 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: family, media, Super Bowl
You don't have to love (appreciate, or even understand) American style football to enjoy the beauty of its perfect victory. After one of the best Super Bowls ever, its glow and joy is still lingering, beyond the borders of New Orleans or Louisiana.

The Tebow ad. Nice

Sheila Liaugminas | 08 February 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: abortion, family, Super Bowl, Tim Tebow

Heightened emotions. Fear. Falsehood. Condemnation without information. It's no surprise that it was all in the mix for the activist abortion-on-demand organizations agitating publicly for the past two weeks to keep the Tim Tebow ad off the air during the Super Bowl. Because that's how the pro-abortion movement operates.

The borrowers

Carolyn Moynihan | 01 February 2010 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: charity, family, unemployment
Usually it is adult children borrowing from parents; sometimes it’s unemployed or sick parents borrowing from children; but either way, this kind of dependency can put a strain on family relationships. Money can be the hardest thing to give. But doesn't charity begin at home?

Babies in bars—a singular offence?

Matthew Mehan | 27 January 2010 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: family, parenting, singles
A twenty-something New Yorker living in an area of Brooklyn where she finds “the mommy culture run amok” (most residents have children and she does not) complains that she is running into infants in -- of all places -- her favourite bars. Double strollers on the streets and toddlers in cafes are bad enough, she frets, but “bar-babies” are the limit.

More women work, but what about the family?

Carolyn Moynihan | 12 January 2010 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: family, women, working mothers
In an essay headed “Female power” The Economist has celebrated “one of the most remarkable revolutions of the past 50 years” -- that is, “millions of people who were once dependent on men have taken control of their own economic fates”. In other words, women have gone out to work and stayed there.

Unusual reunion for twins separated at birth

Michael Cook | 16 December 2009 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: family, twins
The case of twins separated at birth seems more like a Hollywood script than real life. However, once again, reality exceeds the imagination.

When will Europe look after its families?

Carolyn Moynihan | 20 November 2009 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: European Union, family
Here is something for the inaugural European Union president, Herman van Rompuy, to put his stamp on: the revival of the European family. The EU is very active in telling member states what to do about certain social issues -- for example, condemning a recent Lithuanian law which prohibits promotion of “homosexual, bisexual, polygamous relations” among children under the age of 18 -- but it is dragging its feet on the most important social issue of all: the protection and support of the family.

Boyfriend and me, and Felix makes three

Carolyn Moynihan | 20 October 2009 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: family, human rights, immigration
A cat has been used as evidence in a British court case that a cohabiting couple had a settled “family life” and therefore a right not to have it disturbed by the deportation of the male partner. No kitting.

Do genetic ties matter?

Margaret Somerville | 19 October 2009 | FEATURES |  
tags: adoption, Canada, family, Quebec
Should adopted children have the right to be connected in some way to their biological parents?

More to life than GDP

William West | 08 October 2009 | FEATURES |  
tags: economics, family, politics
A report prepared for the French government questions the use of GDP as the sole indicator of social progress.

The pursuit of happiness

Carolyn Moynihan | 16 September 2009 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: economics, family, happiness, work-life balance
Is it time to shelve materialistic measures of a country’s progress such as gross domestic product and replace them with quality of life indicators like access to healthcare, ecological footprint and work-life balance?

Calling all monogamous men

Carolyn Moynihan | 01 September 2009 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: education, family, men, monogamy
Family scholar Patrick Fagan has come up with elegant schema contrasting “monogamous” culture with other kinds of sexual culture which he calls, collectively, “polyamorous”. Speaking at the world Congress of Families recently in Amsterdam, he highlighted the gulf that exists between the two cultures in terms of values and practical consequences. And he proposed a solution.

The business of looking after the family

Nuria Chinchilla | 07 August 2009 | FEATURES |  
tags: family, work-life balance
Only if they act responsibly towards the family can businesses and society at large thrive.

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